Information Clearing House         Index January 15-20 2004
Date: 20 Jan 2004

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261 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Israeli planes bomb south Lebanon
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3414431.stm

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Israeli army changes account of Hizbollah attack:

The Israeli army, changing its account of a Lebanese border incident, said on Tuesday that an Israeli soldier killed by Hizbollah guerrillas on Monday was several metres inside Lebanon at the time.
www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L20571938.htm

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UN mulls Iraq return as Shia protest again:

Annan indicated on Monday he would consider sending a team to advise whether national elections could be held before a US-led withdrawal.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/55E31C03-BDD4-48AE-ACC8-016FEA6DE192.htm

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UK officials say Iraq elections by June viable:

British officials in Basra no longer oppose early elections in Iraq, saying security and procedural obstacles to polls could be surmounted before the transfer to civilian control on June 30.
news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1073281137552

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Iraq’s Election Snag:

Senior Iraqi sources tell TIME that a top U.N. election official, Carina Perelli, wrote an internal report last summer concluding that elections could be pulled off in just six months. U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard confirms the substance of the report, saying its conclusions on “the technical aspects” are sound.
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101040126-578974,00.html

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Why Do Iowans Like to Caucus But Iraqis Don‚t?:

Iowans seem pretty happy with their quadrennial caucuses. Why do Iowans love what Iraqi Shiites hate? It‚s simple: Iowa‚s version of caucuses is true grassroots democracy in action, whereas the U.S. occupation authority‚s version in Iraq is a sham.
www.independent.org/tii/news/040121Eland.html

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Give Iraqis the Election They Want:

Despite Bush’s rhetoric, the U.S. is opposing true democratic voting.
www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-scheer20jan20,1,7658797.column

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Iraqis Want Saddam’s Old U.S. Friends on Trial:

If Iraqis ever see Saddam Hussein on trial, they want his former American allies shackled beside him. “Saddam should not be the only one who is put on trial. The Americans backed him when he was killing Iraqis so they should be prosecuted,”
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=4168225&pageNumber=1

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Facts And Figures: George W Bush and the real state of the Union:

Today the President gives his annual address. As the election battle begins, how does his first term add up?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5556.htm

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Paul Krugman: Going for Broke:

According to advance reports, George Bush will use tonight’s State of the Union speech to portray himself as a visionary leader who stands above the political fray. But that act is losing its effectiveness.
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/20/opinion/20KRUG.html

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A must listen

“Honest As Long As You Win”

Taking A Stand: BBC Radio 4 Interviews Daniel Ellsberg one of the most important whistle-blowers of the last century. He leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971. This 7,000-page document, detailing U.S. policy towards Vietnam under four presidents, was shocking stuff: a litany of lies, half-truths and concealment.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5557.htm

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In case you missed it:

Senator John Kerry Speaks Out – He was ‘misled’:

In October, 2002, 23 Senators and 133 Representatives voted against the Bush Administration’s war resolution. John Kerry voted for it. What did 156 Members of Congress know that Kerry did not know? Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of his constituents had called him, urging him to vote against war.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5559.htm

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John Kerry: Criminal Hypocrisy Alive And Well. A History Repeated
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5558.htm

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Noam Chomsky Interview: The Democratic Facade:

It has often been pointed out by political scientists that the US is basically a one-party state — the business party. with two factions, Democrats and Republicans. Most of the population seems to agree. A very high percentage, sometimes passing 80%, believe that the government serves “the few and the special interests,” not “the people.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5555.htm

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Unjust war is the only issue: Iraq changes everything:

America under Bush started a war, killed thousands of people, sacrificed hundreds of her own valiant soldiers and conquered a soveriegn nation, using the justification that this foreign government participated in a heinous terrorist attack and posed an immediate and serious danger to America.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/7750488.htm

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U.S. attack: 4 Afghan kids dead :

A U.S. helicopter attacked a house in a village in southern Afghanistan, killing 11 people, four of them children, Afghan officials said today.
www.oregonlive.com/metro/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/exclude/1074603587290320.xml

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Terror manual from Al-Qaeda published online :

In the manual, Osama bin Laden wrote: ‘After Iraq and Afghanistan will come the Crusader invasion of Saudi Arabia. All fighters all over the world must be ready.’
straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/world/story/0,4386,230873,00.html

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US Ambassador: Our troops in Georgia forever:

US troops in Georgia will remain there forever, said US Ambassador to Georgia Richard Miles
www.russiajournal.com/news/cnews-article.shtml?nd=42136

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Mosque, homes destroyed in Rafah raid :

Israeli bulldozers have demolished a mosque and 13 Palestinian homes in a raid on the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/E80D4165-8CFA-465B-9B38-C1470F2D973C.htm

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Sharon slams Jordan moves against West Bank ‘’fence’’ :

Sharon said, “We are not pleased with Jordan joining the debate at the International Court”, and added, “We have made clear to the Jordanians that they have much to lose”.
www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=268360&lang=e&dir=news

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Hate mail :

Deborah Fink is a singer and music teacher living in London. She is also Jewish. Last month, out of the blue, she received a deluge of hateful emails – more than 150 in the space of a week.
www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1126294,00.html

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Oklahoma City memorial to be privatized :

Buried in the huge appropriations bill that the returning U.S. Senate must discuss this week is a little-noticed provision to privatize the Oklahoma City National Memorial — the park and museum on the site of the 1995 truck bombing that killed 168 people.
www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040119-083450-3013r

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Audio: Martin Luther King, Jr. in His Own Words:

“Beyond Vietnam” and I Have Been to the Mountaintop”:

By 1967, King had also become the country’s most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. In his “Beyond Vietnam” speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before he was murdered — King called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5553.htm

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United States Of America “Where is the compassion?”:

The imminent execution of Scott Panetti, mentally ill offender
web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510112004

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Bush Wants Increase in Domestic Security Spending:

Seizing on an issue that will be critical to his re-election campaign, President Bush, will propose boosting spending on domestic security by about 9 percent in his 2005 budget, congressional sources said on Monday.
abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20040119_275.html

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Study used census information for terror profile:

U.S. census information provided by millions of Americans was used in a government study to profile airline passengers as terrorist risks.
www.washtimes.com/national/20040118-114335-2930r.htm

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Case galvanizes opponents of U.S. secrecy:

An act of secrecy by a Miami judge last year, ‘’super-sealing’’ a lawsuit by a South Florida man detained after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks so that no trace of his case appeared in any public record, has had the opposite of the intended effect.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/7743433.htm

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Fla. Terror Case Tests U.S. Patriot Act:

For nearly a decade, the FBI tapped Sami Al-Arian’s telephones and faxes, keeping what they learned about the University of South Florida professor a secret – even from their own colleagues.
news.findlaw.com/ap_stories/other/1110/1-19-2004/20040119001503_1.html

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Paying for Post-9/11 Paranoia:

“The cover-up maintains the fiction that the government was going after terrorists when it instead was rounding up hundreds of Arabs and Muslims.”
www.fwweekly.com/issues/2004-01-14/metropolis.html

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A Single Conscience v. the State:

Katharine Gun has a much better grasp of the true spirit of democracy than Tony Blair. So, naturally, it’s Katharine Gun who’s being punished.
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/19/opinion/19HERB.html?ex=1075535670&ei=1&en=89986db80414e9d5

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Poll shows 48% think Blair lied on Kelly naming:

Nearly two-thirds of voters, including 42% of Labour voters, think he should quit if Lord Hutton’s report said he lied over the leak.
www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_857508.html?menu=news.surveys

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Arms issue seen as hurting U.S. credibility:

Within the United States, Bush does not appear to have suffered much political damage from the failure to find weapons, with polls showing high ratings for his handling of the war and little concern that he misrepresented the threat.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3996047/

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U.S. Soldier Dies of Iraq Bombing Wounds:

An American soldier died of wounds suffered last week in a roadside bombing north of Samarra, the U.S. command said Monday.
apnews.excite.com/article/20040119/D805R4E80.html

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“Latin America: Washington’s Near-Abroad” :

Latin America was the first international arena where the upstart United States of America was to practice interventionism: the use of economic or military tools to achieve a political or economic end — typically for one’s own benefit — in a foreign country, regardless of the interests or desires of that country.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5554.htm

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Sell oil for gold, Mahathir tells Saudi Arabia:

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia should sell oil for gold, not dollars, to avoid being “short-changed” by a decline in the U.S. currency.
www.forbes.com/business/newswire/2004/01/18/rtr1216007.html

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Computer giant IBM is to hire 15,000 new employees :

Most of the new positions will be created in developing economies such as China and India, where the company is already exporting 3,000 US jobs in an effort to cut costs. But IBM stressed it was not turning its back on the US.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3409033.stm

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Israeli Soldier Killed at Lebanon Border :

Hezbollah militants attacked an Israeli bulldozer at the Israeli-Lebanese border on Monday. Israel’s military said one soldier was killed and two were wounded, one seriously. The Islamic militant group said the bulldozer had crossed the border into Lebanon, but the Israeli army disputed that.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3643572,00.html

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Peres: Sharon using secret services to follow me :

Opposition leader Shimon Peres on Monday claimed that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon using Israel’s secret services to track his movements.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=384718&contrassID=
1&subContrassID=7&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

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Date: 19 Jan 2004

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260 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Afghanis Say U.S. Copter Bombing Kills 11 :

A U.S. helicopter attacked a house in a village in southern Afghanistan, killing 11 people, four of them children, Afghan officials said Monday.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3642801,00.html

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Three U.S. soldiers wounded in Afghan raid:

Three U.S. soldiers have been wounded at the weekend in an unusually bold attack on a base in Afghanistan by guerrillas firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, the U.S. military says.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=441552&section=news

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100,000 demand Iraqi elections :

Tens of thousands of Shia Muslims demonstrated in Baghdad today to demand prompt elections, the protest coming hours before US and Iraqi officials prepared to seek UN approval for their plans to transfer power in Iraq.
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1126468,00.html

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Why the US is running scared of elections in Iraq :

Washington’s plan to transfer power without a direct vote is a fraud
www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1126178,00.html

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Iraqi Kurdish Leader Demands Guarantees :

A top Kurdish leader said Saturday that Iraq’s Kurdish minority would not sign on to guidelines being formulated for a transitional government unless Kurds were guaranteed an expanded region of autonomy and an ironclad commitment to expel Arabs settled in the area by deposed president Saddam Hussein.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26147-2004Jan17.html

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Bombing rocks Shia holy city in Iraq:

Thirteen people have been injured in a bomb blast in the holy Shia city of Karbala in central Iraq. Hospital sources say one of the injured is in a serious condition.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/532AF507-F8C5-47CC-8FED-9BC5F53C2909.htm

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Walking the Streets of Baghdad:

Growing accustomed to danger: It is not just about business when every walk down the street can be about life and death.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5552.htm

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Shells found near Basra were not chemical weapons:

The conclusion, after a week of tests by British, US and Danish experts, is a further blow to the dwindling hopes of finding the barred chemical, biological or nuclear weapons whose alleged existence was the official reason for the 20 March invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=482564

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Karen Kwiatkowski: About Those Neocons: Thinking Again, or Just Wondering?:

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace just published WMD in Iraq: Evidence and Implications. Well, who really cares, right? So what if we lied about WMD, misled as to “war on terrorism” objectives, and wasted well over $200 billion we didn‚t have, deployed 150,000 troops, and killed over 500 of them Look at the bright side.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5549.htm

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Ray McGovern: State Of The Union: Will speech lack hyperbole that ‘justified’ war?:

Iraqi chickens are coming to roost as President Bush’s advisors attempt to draft a State of the Union Message without the embarrassing flaws of their last try. With last year’s hyperbole — replete with the knee-slapper about Baghdad’s seeking uranium in Africa — forming part of the backdrop, they have their work cut out for them.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5550.htm

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New threat to nation: Defense spending :

Today’s deficit stands at $480 billion, the amount the United States is borrowing to finance its spending. It’s as if every dollar that Americans spend on national defense — roughly $461 billion this year — had to be borrowed.
www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-13/1074236215160340.xml

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The Defense Budget Is Bigger Than You Think:

Although the public may appreciate that $401.3 billion is a great deal of money, few citizens realize that it is only part of the total bill for defense. To estimate the size of the entire de facto defense budget, I have gathered data for fiscal year 2002.
www.independent.org/tii/news/031222Higgs.html

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US military will stay in Georgia:

Having trained three battalions of Georgian soldiers, US military instructors were due to leave in March. According to the US Ambassador in Tbilisi Richard Miles, they are in Georgia to stay.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3406941.stm

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Americans need to question their style of democracy :

It’s not only the growing reality of Fortress America and the increasing level of civil constraints that are causing some Americans to question their democratic basis; the integrity of the electoral system itself is under fire.
www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?thesection=news&thesubsection=&storyID=3544211

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The betrayal of U.S. voters :

If this year’s presidential election is at all close, there is every reason to believe that there will be another national trauma over who the rightful winner is, this time compounded by troubling new questions about the reliability of electronic voting machines. This is no way to run a democracy.
www.iht.com/articles/125490.html

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The Future of America under the American-led Empire:

Empire, an American-led empire, a corporate empire, “is‰ what the current administration is all about. Not only in the Middle East do we make war, but the world over if necessary. As the tenacious John Pilger recently wrote while sitting in on a meeting of journalists and aid workers in Iraq,… “It was as though we were disconnected from the world outside: a world of rampant, rapacious power and great crimes committed in our name by our government and its foreign master
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5551.htm

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Bush-Cheney Energy Strategy: Procuring the Rest of the World‚s Oil:

When first assuming office in early 2001, President George W. Bush‚s top foreign policy priority was not to prevent terrorism or to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction- Rather, it was to increase the flow of petroleum from suppliers abroad to U.S. markets.
www.fpif.org/papers/03petropol/politics_body.html

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Blair is on his way out, but will he jump or will he be pushed? :

A strong sense of self can become dangerous egotism in a heartbeat. Belief in “doing the right thing” can spill over into blinkered hectoring and intransigence. Winning an argument can become more important that the substance of the argument itself. And, on the evidence of the past few months, that is the world Tony Blair has now entered.
news.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=64422004

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Iraq soldier ‘sickened’ by amputation claim :

A SCOTS soldier at the centre of a row over the quality of equipment supplied to British troops in Iraq last night demanded to know if his leg was amputated only because there was a lack of medical supplies.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=63902004

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Families stunned, angered by units’ deployment extension :

The Pentagon announced this week that 1,500 soldiers, National Guardsmen and reservists would be forced to stay in Iraq beyond their one-year rotation dates.
stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=19892

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Fear Trumps Freedom In A Perpetual War :

It would be fair to conclude that we’ve become a warlike nation. Rather than printing “E pluribus unum” on the Great Seal of the United States and on coins, we should consider “Have bombs, will travel.”
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=%2Fgate%2Farchive%2F2004%2F01%2F19%2Fhsorensen.DTL

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Ex-spy raps Bush, intelligence:

The war on terrorism has gone awry, Steele said. “I am a moderate Republican who believes the party has been hijacked,” he said. “We have been lied to, we have been misled. Iraq was a wrong turn.”
www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2004/01/18/news/casper/97df93ff8ed581e587256e1d0065ee33.txt

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9/11 Panel Unlikely to Get Later Deadline :

President Bush and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) have decided to oppose granting more time to an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.A growing number of commission members had concluded that the panel needs more time to prepare a thorough and credible accounting of missteps leading to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28025-2004Jan18.html?referrer=emailarticle

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The US has no idea what it has gotten itself into:

I am troubled by the mainstream news I see on the internet. What isn‚t being reported is the terrible living situation for millions of Iraqis, US troops being permanently disabled (physically and/or mentally) on what has become a daily basis, and generations of younger Iraqis being raised with a deep disdain towards the US and British who sanctioned, bombed, invaded and now occupy their country.

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O‚Neill Tells All, And It‚s Not Pretty:

Long before the book appeared, administration officials attempted to dissuade Mr. O‚Neill from cooperating in its preparation. Old friends implored him, and officials whispered offers of sinecures and ambassadorial posts. He didn‚t want anything, and when the book‚s details began to leak out, White House operatives decided to get tough.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5545.htm

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Better late than never!:

Edward M. Kennedy: A Dishonest War :

Of the many issues competing for attention in this new and defining year, one is of a unique order of magnitude: President Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq. The facts demonstrate how dishonest that decision was.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23717-2004Jan16.html

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The Case for Impeachment: High Crimes And Misdemeanors:

Bush‚s proven lying, especially during the State of the Union, his cover-ups, and refusal to provide important information on 9-11 to the people and its Congress, constitute a betrayal of trust, encroachment of Congressional prerogatives and abuse of power.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5547.htm

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High Noon in America: Who will buy the Presidency? :

With the first vote cast in the Iowa Caucus, the horserace for the presidency begins in earnest. Honestly, even the most pragmatic citizen realizes that whatever the outcome on Election Day, it will be the result of nothing more than a “Hobson‚s‰ choice, in that we are offered a choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5548.htm

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Oil: The illusion of plenty:

Oil supplies are finite and will soon be controlled by a handful of nations; the invasion of Iraq and control of its supplies will do little to change that. One can only hope that an informed electorate and its principled representatives will realize that the facts do matter, and that nature—not military might—will soon dictate the ultimate availability of petroleum.
www.thebulletin.org/issues/2004/jf04/jf04cavallo.html

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U.S. eyes space as possible battleground:

President George W. Bush’s plan to expand the exploration of space parallels U.S. efforts to control the heavens for military, economic and strategic gain.
www.mirror.co.uk/news/24by7panews/content_objectid=13831962
_method=full_siteid=50143_headline=-U-S—eyes-space-as-possible-battleground-name_page.html

tinyurl.com/2g5hg

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Conservative groups break with Republican leadership:

National leaders of six conservative organizations yesterday broke with the Republican majorities in the House and Senate, accusing them of spending like “drunken sailors,” and had some strong words for President Bush as well.
www.washtimes.com/national/20040115-112447-9758r.htm

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Journalists Not Loath to Donate To Politicians :

More than 100 journalists and executives at major media companies, from NBC’s top executive to a Fox News anchor to reporters or editors for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, CBS and ABC, have made political contributions in recent years.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26386-2004Jan17.html?referrer=emailarticle

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Substitute ŒArab‚ for ŒJew‚ if you still think Kilroy wasn‚t racist:

There is truth in some of the presenter‚s criticisms, says Yasir Suleiman, but freedom of speech carries the responsibility not to promote lies, bigotry and violence
www.sundayherald.com/39265

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Date: 18 Jan 2004

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259 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Car bomb attack in Baghdad kills 20, injures over 60:

The 8 a.m.attack on a major street in the heart of the Iraqi capital occurred a day before the top U.S. civil administrator is to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to ask for the world body’s help in rebuilding Iraq.
www.canada.com/national/story.asp?id=B6E1D651-FCE7-4BB7-A7C6-F90E2CFF245A

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Two die in ‘botched’ Tikrit blast:

There has been an explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, where a bomb went off inside a car, killing two Iraqis.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3407429.stm

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Australia’s soldiers acted pre-emptively in the Iraq war:

Australian SAS troops initiated pre-emptive combat in western Iraq on the evening of March 18 (Iraq time). The force, previously secretly inserted into Iraq, attacked Iraqi positions in the first hours of darkness, 16 hours after Bush’s 48-hour ultimatum to Saddam to cede power. US-Australian operational planning began in mid-2002.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5542.htm

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Blair Faces New “War Crimes” Accusation:

An eminent panel of legal experts is to accuse Tony Blair of committing war crimes in Iraq in a formal complaint to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=482331

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Kelly a liar, not martyr:

BRITISH Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has raised the stakes ahead of the release of the Hutton report into the death of David Kelly by claiming the government weapons scientist was “no martyr” and killed himself because he feared exposure as a liar.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8426562%255E2703,00.html

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Howard Zinn: The Logic of Withdrawal:

What is national security? This Administration defines national security as sending our young men and women around the world to wage war on country after country—none of them strong enough to threaten us. I define national security as making sure every American has health care, employment, decent housing, a clean environment.
www.progressive.org/jan04/zinn0104.html

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Is Bush Doomed by the Neocons? :

Fear must be coursing through President Bush‚s veins as he realizes the Iraqi trap into which the neocons have placed him. Bush is caught between an Iraqi civil war and a wider insurgency.
newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/1/16/222106.shtml

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‘04 Election Could Be 2000 Redux:

If the November presidential election were held today, 45% of voters say they would vote for the Democratic candidate and 43% would vote to re-elect President Bush. Late last month, the President held a 49% to 40% edge.
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/17/opinion/polls/main593848.shtml

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Bush’s pipe dreams for reconstructing Iraq:

Nine months after the fallof Baghdad, as insurgentstarget oil installations and Iraqis queue for fuel, the Bush administration has abandoned its pre-war assertions that Iraq’s natural resources would largely fund reconstruction
search.ft.com/search/article.html?id=040116000950&query=
bush%27s+pipe+dreams&vsc_appId=totalSearch&state=Form

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Lakes of Sewage in the Streets:

“Nobody from the Council (US Appointed Iraqi Governing Council) cares about us here. We hear that companies are coming here to rebuild, but we haven‚t seen anything rebuilt”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5543.htm

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In case you missed it:

A Revolution In Hawaii: Queen Liliuokalani Deposed From The Throne :

The Monarchy Abrogated And A Provisional Government Established —Troops From The United States Warship Boston Preserving Peace In Honolulu. 01/17/1893:
www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0117.html#article

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Modern “Dreyfus Affair” Is Unworthy Of America:

Hatred of Muslims has become the anti-Semitism of our era. The latest example of this ugly fact is the vicious prosecution by the U.S. military of a Muslim army chaplain, Capt. James Yee. I call this disgraceful and shameful case America’s Dreyfus Affair.
www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_jan18.html

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UK: US stars hail Iraq war whistleblower :

GCHQ worker Katharine Gun faces jail for exposing American corruption in the run-up to war on Saddam. Now her celebrity supporters insist it is Bush and Blair who should be in the dock. Martin Bright reports
observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,1125805,00.html

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Roy hopes Saddam’s fate for Bush:

Writer Arundhati Roy, who wants an ongoing anti-globalisation conference to launch a campaign to shut down US companies, said Sunday she hoped President George W Bush would share the fate of the captured Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow/430573.cms

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Behind the Bush protest:

Many white Americans have dismissed black demonstrations against President Bush’s wreath-laying trek to Martin Luther King’s grave site in Atlanta as nonsense and an insult to the nation’s leader.
www.sptimes.com/2004/01/18/Columns/Behind_the_Bush_prote.shtml

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Honor The Memory Of Martin Luther King:

Flash presentation.
www.bushflash.com/mlk.html

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US airline admits giving passenger data to Government:

Northwest Airlines provided information on millions of passengers for a secret US Government air-security project soon after the September 11, 2001, attacks, raising more concerns among privacy advocates about airlines’ use of confidential customer data.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/18/1074360636917.html

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Air travellers face screening:

The Canadian government is spending millions of dollars on a program to assess the terrorist risk posed by air travellers.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article
_Type1&c=Article&cid=1074294906470&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154

tinyurl.com/3g59n

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Israel: Where hatred and despair are fomented :

A state that defines itself as a democracy and law-abiding country does not imprison three-and-a-half million people in their villages and towns, slice up their country into strips, and declare roads for the use of Jews only.
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/384034.html

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The Case That Wouldn’t Close:

Tom Hurndall is dead. Nine months after being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier which left him in a coma, two months after his 22nd birthday, and one day after his mother knelt at his bedside and whispered the good news that his assailant had finally been arrested, Tom Hurndall’s name was added to a growing, but mostly unmentioned, unheralded and unknown list of innocents slaughtered by Ariel Sharon’s brutal IDF (Israel Defense Forces).
www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_4649.shtml

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Sharon and Israeli cabinet lauds ambassador for art attack :

The expatriate Israeli artist who created “Snow White and the Madness of Truth” however called the envoy, Zvi Mazel, “an intellectual dwarf”.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp;:400a93d2:6c753ec27736
3a37?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4153658

tinyurl.com/34a43

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Nuclear Science Aide Detained in Pakistan :

The detention of Islam-ul Haq, a principal staff officer for the father of Pakistan‚s nuclear program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, comes as Pakistan is investigating allegations its scientists passed on secrets and technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2423204

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U.S. School Segregation Now at ‘69 Level :

Half a century after the Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of American education, schools are almost as segregated as they were when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, according to a report released today by Harvard University researchers.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26073-2004Jan17.html

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Lunacy:

George W. Bush wants to go to the moon. One must wonder, Does Dick Cheny know about this? That kind of money can keep our troops in Iraq for nearly four days!
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5519.htm

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Hollinger board fires Conrad Black :

A committee of Hollinger International directors launched a two-pronged attack on Black starting late Friday, suing him and the Sun-Times’ former publisher for $200 million, alleging they received the money through “improper means.” On Saturday night, the company’s executive committee voted to remove Black as chairman.
www.suntimes.com/output/business/cst-nws-hollinger18.html

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We’re winning, says Bush, as three more soldiers die:

US President George Bush will make his highest profile re-election pitch yet on Tuesday with his annual State of the Union speech, in which aides say he plans to defend the war in Iraq unapologetically.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/17/1073878082583.html

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Deadliest Attacks in Iraq War So Far :

A look at some of the deadliest days of attacks in Iraq since the war began March 20. President Bush declared major combat over on May 1.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3636012,00.html

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US swallows pride to plead with UN:

This time last year the neo-cons in the Bush administration were cock-a-hoop about their Iraq policy. With or without weapons of mass destruction, they were going to take the US to war against Iraq, topple Saddam Hussein and restore democracy and freedom .
www.sundayherald.com/39334

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U.S. Contradicts Itself On Democracy In Iraq:

What the U.S. wants is a fractured country, with Shi‚a, Sunni and Kurds all having small sections of the country and a legislature that will be powerless .
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5544.htm

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Iraq’s former U.N. envoy says U.S. not sincere about establishing democracy:

“Elections pose a big threat to the future of America’s presence in Iraq, and the Americans sensed this,” al-Douri said in the interview late Saturday in a chic Ajman apartment overlooking the Gulf. “They do not want a stable, democratic Iraq … this is not in their interest.”
www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?tl=1&display=rednews/2004/01/18/build/world/60-iraqicriticism.inc

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Powell maintains Saddam was a threat:

United States Secretary of State Colin Powell says there is no question in his mind that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was a threat to the world while he was in power.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1027079.htm

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In case you missed it:

Powell Admits Saddam, “has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction”: February 24th, 2001

[Is he lying now or was he lying then?]
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5502.htm

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Damned lies and war loot :

More and more evidence is coming in. The jigsaw pieces are fitting into place. It is becoming appallingly clear that President George Bush is an arrant liar and “the most incompetent and dangerous president in living memory”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5541.htm

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Audio Interview:

Former Nixon staffer Kevin Phillips is a prolific author and commentator. His book,: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, he‚s turned his attention to the current Republican president, and he sees a family so powerful that it puts democracy itself at risk.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5540.htm

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In case you missed it:

Exposed: The Carlyle Group

Shocking documentary uncovers the subversion of Americas democracy. A Must Watch Documentary
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3995.htm

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Martin Luther King: Terrorist:

On the stunning disparity between a nation that glorifies war and one that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a holiday. Let‚s not mince words. Were Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive today, he would be at risk for being imprisoned indefinitely, without charges or access to legal counsel, as an “enemy combatant.‰
www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=16294

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Battle over ‘dirty bomb’ suspect:

Deputy Solicitor General Paul Clement filed a request asking for Padilla’s release to be put on hold, pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3405239.stm

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The Concentration Camp at Guantanamo:

Nearly half the prisoners are interrogated each week in sessions lasting up to 16 hours. A prisoner released in May told Amnesty International that the interrogations “were like torture.” Australian lawyer Richard Bourke asserted on ABC Radio that prisoners had been subjected to “good old-fashioned torture, as people would have understood it in the Dark Ages.”
jurist.law.pitt.edu/forum/forumnew135.php

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High Court to Consider Detention Case :

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will decide whether the federal government may indefinitely imprison hundreds of Cubans and other illegal immigrants who have finished their sentences for crimes in the United States but whose home countries cannot or will not take them back.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23652-2004Jan16.html

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Trip With Cheney Puts Ethics Spotlight on Scalia :

Friends hunt ducks together, even as the justice is set to hear the vice president’s case. Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent part of last week duck hunting together at a private camp in southern Louisiana just three weeks after the court agreed to take up the vice president’s appeal in lawsuits over his handling of the administration’s energy task force.
www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-ducks17jan17,1,7777211.story?coll=la-home-headlines

tinyurl.com/2bazf

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Groups call on Justice Department to investigate John Ashcroft campaign finance activities:

“There can be no doubt that the appointment of an outside special counsel is required in this case to fully investigate potential criminal actions implicating the United States Attorney General himself,”
www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1626

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Snatched:

The INS gave Fuad Hassan Ismail a one-way ticket to Somalia. Business as usual, or one more sign that this agency is out of control?
www.seattleweekly.com/features/0212/news-hutchinson.shtml

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Two Afghan soldiers killed in ambush by suspected Taliban:

Officials in southern Afghanistan say about 40 guerrillas opened fire on the convoy near a town in Kandahar province, that was bringing the district chief to his office.
www.wtev.com/news/world/story.aspx?content_id=A973B8FF-5A44-411B-A154-65F81A8F1995

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Nation torn between Taliban and Uncle Sam :

IN THE small town of Qalat in Afghanistan where hundreds have died fighting US and government forces in the past few months, a man is explaining why he thinks the Americans are really in his homeland.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=63492004

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Forget Halliburton.

The vice president’s former company may keep getting the headlines for its hefty contracts in Iraq and Pentagon overcharging, but it’s not the private company that’s so badly botched the training of the new Iraqi Army that the Jordanian Army has been hastily brought in to finish the job.
www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/9781/view/print

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Trust O’Neill, Not His Critics:

It was only a matter of time before the Bush administration contrived to sanction former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill for revealing the secrets of the temple.
www.madison.com/captimes/opinion/editorial/65398.php

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Coalition uses 1918 British report on tribal system:

As the United States scrambles to end a dispute with Shia leaders over plans to elect an interim government in Iraq before July, it has emerged that American commanders are seeking to reach out to tribal leaders by relying on a report devised in 1918 by Britain, the country’s then ruler.
news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=482297

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Arabs shun Bush: poll:

Support among Arab-Americans for President George Bush has dropped sharply from highs reached soon after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US, according to a new poll.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/17/1073878075953.html

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Israeli Soldier ‘tried to cover up killing of British activist’:

The Israeli soldier accused of killing Tom Hurndall, the British peace activist who died last week, tried to cover up his crime by asking for his commander’s permission to shoot an “armed man” moments after he had already fired the fatal shot.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/01/
18/wisr18.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/01/18/ixnewstop.html

tinyurl.com/2vchq

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IRS to audit Nature Conservancy :

A team of IRS examiners will move into the global headquarters of the Nature Conservancy in Arlington to begin auditing the charity, the world’s largest environmental organization.
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3983933/

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House GOP Warns White House on Budget Plan :

House Republicans warned a White House official that Congress may fail to adopt President Bush’s budget priorities this election year because of GOP divisions over spending levels. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, said Friday he told White House budget chief Joshua Bolten that he is concerned the president’s forthcoming budget will propose spending that is too high.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3635928,00.html

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MCI Plans Layoffs Amid Shrinking Revenue:

Telecommunications provider MCI is planning to lay off about 1,700 employees, or 3 percent of its work force to cut costs amid declining revenue.
www.boston.com/business/articles/2004/01/16/mci_plans_layoffs_amid_shrinking_revenue/

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01/17/04

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Three U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi civil defence officials killed In Iraq:

Two Americans also were wounded in the attack, which occurred when a Bradley Fighting Vehicle struck an explosive device on a road near Taji, about 20 miles north of Baghdad
www.ajc.com/news/content/news/ap/ap_story.html/Intl/AP.V8108.AP-Iraq.html

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Clerics Urge Shiites to prepare for demonstrations, strikes and possible confrontations :

The calls increased pressure on the Bush administration and its handpicked Iraqi Governing Council to satisfy demands by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the country’s most influential cleric, for elections.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23581-2004Jan16.html

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Bush to ask UN to return to Iraq :

WHITE House officials say the United Nations is to be asked to go back into Iraq to help oversee the transfer of power to the Iraqis. The United States will try to persuade the UN Secretary- General, Kofi Annan, to back the plan to set up an unelected government in Iraq by July.
edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=60132004

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U.N. Return To Iraq ŒTerrible Mistake‚: Former Envoy :

“The U.N. should not be in Iraq lest it would give legal respectability to the invasion and occupation of the oil-rich Arab country, or further promote the impression that it has collaborated against the Iraqi people,”
www.islamonline.org/English/News/2004-01/17/article02.shtml

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Iraq isn’t slowing Bush’s re-election bid:

President Bush heads into his re-election campaign with no apparent political liability for the U.S. failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/157079_teflon17.html

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US probes abuse of Iraqi prisoners:

The US military has opened an investigation into “serious reports” of abuse of prisoners by US troops at a coalition detention facility in Iraq.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1027066.htm

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The $500 billion fire sale :

In a shattered postwar Iraq, there are rich pickings to be had – and for US businesses at least, it promises to be a risk-free bonanza.
www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,1125050,00.html

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Halliburton wins bid on two-year Iraq contract :

Despite a Pentagon probe into alleged overcharging for fuel delivered to Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company yesterday was awarded a $1.2 billion contract to rebuild Iraq’s oil industry.
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001838589_iraqdig17.html

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UK: Hoon hints at resignation after Hutton:

THE future of embattled Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon, was plunged into fresh doubt yesterday when he appeared to suggest for the first time that he may resign after the publication of the results of the Hutton Inquiry.
thescotsman.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=58052004

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UK Soldiers Sent To Iraq… With No Bullets:

Members of the Bulwell-based South Notts Hussars said they were horrified when they were told to “ask around” British soldiers in Basra for bullets because there were not enough for everyone.
www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=66056&command=
displayContent&sourceNode=65583&contentPK=8527337

tinyurl.com/2n5o2

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Rumsfeld asks for ‘combatant’ overruling:

The White House last month slammed the lower court ruling in the case of Jose Padilla, aka Abd Allah al-Muhajir, as flawed and the Justice Department said it would seek a stay and further judicial review of the case.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7671E323-7744-4C42-A3B1-BF5F3CEAE9F6.htm

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Court secrecy hits new level with Miami appeal of Sept. 11-related case:

“When you get to the point where you have people convicted and sentenced and are sitting in a federal prison for multiple years and there is no record of how they got there, it’s obvious to me things have gone way too far,”
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/7731532.htm

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The Neocon Case for Imprisoning and Executing Congressional War Opponents:

The neocon cabal is beginning to make the case for imprisoning ˆ or possibly executing ˆ members of Congress who oppose the war in Iraq. An example of this development is a December 23 Insight magazine article by senior editor J. Michael Waller entitled “When Does Politics Become Treason?”
www.lewrockwell.com/dilorenzo/dilorenzo57.html

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In case you missed it:

Noam Chomsky: Dominance and its Dilemmas:

The Space Command released plans to go beyond US “control” of space for military purposes to “ownership,” which is to be permanent, in accord with the Security Strategy. Ownership of space is “key to our nation’s military effectiveness,” permitting “instant engagement anywhere in the world∑
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4955.htm

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Military Range Cleanup Plan Sputters :

Removing unexploded munitions and hazardous waste found so far on 15 million acres of shutdown U.S. military ranges could take more than 300 years, congressional auditors say.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3634667,00.html

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Thousands take to streets in support of Hamas leader:

Thousands of Palestinians have taken to the streets in the Gaza Strip to demonstrate their support for the spiritual leader of the radical Islamic group Hamas, after a senior Israeli defence official said he was marked for assassination.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1026976.htm

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With U.S. Help, Israel May Boost Missile Production :

The Defense Department is expected to include funding for U.S.-based production in President Bush’s fiscal 2005 budget, people close to the Israeli government said.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=2ODZE21QWUZ
0KCRBAE0CFEY?type=worldNews&storyID=4150872

tinyurl.com/38dhf

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Pennsylvania child porn law causes ‘massive overblocking of sites’:

More than a million completely legal websites have been blocked by US ISPs in response to the Pennsylvanian statute against Internet Child Pornography.
www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/34853.html

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U.S. still holds children at Guantanamo:

The United States has held three child detainees at its military base in Guantanamo Bay for more than a year and the Pentagon says it has no plans to move or free them, despite international pressure.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=440269&section=news

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Pentagon Withholds Cold War Medical Data:

The Pentagon is continuing to withhold documents on Cold War chemical and biological weapons tests that used unsuspecting sailors as “human samplers” after telling Congress it had released all medically relevant information.
apnews1.iwon.com/article/20040116/D803UEN80.html

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Did The U.S Gas It’s Own People?:

A short clip from Investigative Reports – concerning biological testing on US cities
www.informationclearinghouse.info/dis_the_us_gas_its-own_people.htm

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Record deficit in pension insurance:

The deficit for the government’s pension insurance program ballooned to a record $11.2 billion last year, more than triple the previous year’s total, and officials are warning that taxpayers could be called on for a bailout.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/2356504

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Date: 16 Jan 2004

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257 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Chief US WMD hunter in Iraq leaves empty handed:

David Kay, the chief United States weapons hunter in Iraq, has told the CIA he will not return to his post, a US government source said today.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1026893.htm

See also: David Kay’s September surprise
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4873.htm

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US envoy warns of Taleban return :

The US aid co-ordinator for Afghanistan has warned that unless donors step up aid efforts, the Taleban will be back.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3402813.stm

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Papers on Halliburton Raise New Questions:

The Army Corps of Engineers document, obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, raises new questions about Vice President Dick Cheney’s former company two days after Pentagon auditors requested an investigation of possible criminal wrongdoing.
www.guardian.co.uk/uslatest/story/0,1282,-3630041,00.html

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Al Gore, Preident Bush Is A Moral Coward :

“While President Bush likes to project an image of strength and courage, the truth is that in the presence of his large financial contributors he is a moral coward ˆ so weak that he seldom if ever says “No‰ to them on anything ˆ no matter what the public interest might mandate.“
www.moveon.org/gore3/speech.html

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Spanish Politician Labels Blair An “Imbecile” On Live Television:

Tony Blair has been called “a complete dickhead” by a leading Spanish politician live on television. The comment was made by Jose Bono, one of the three most powerful figures in the Socialist Party.
www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fnews%2F2004%2F01%2F16%2Fwspain16.xml

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America’s final wakeup call:

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s damning book may finally clue Americans in to the deadly consequences of being governed by a disengaged dolt in the hands of a fanatical cabal.
www.salon.com/opinion/huffington/2004/01/14/oneill/index.html

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The Justices Take On the President:

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear challenges to two of the Bush administration’s most sweeping claims of power ˜ the power to declare any American citizen an “enemy combatant” and detain him or her indefinitely without trial, and the power to hold the alien captives at the American military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, without a chance for them to challenge the basis of their imprisonment in any court.
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/16/opinion/16LEWI.html?ex=1074834000&en=
01ca9ae4e4e1f2d7&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

tinyurl.com/3a4vo

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UK: ‘Kidnapped’ protestors go to High Court:

PEACE campaigners who were stopped from attending an anti-war demonstration by police took their case to the High Court yesterday claiming a breach of human rights.
www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.
449464.0.kidnapped_protestors_go_to_high_court.php

tinyurl.com/2vkns

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Rough justice in Pakistan: Khawar

Mehdi Rizvi is a Pakistani journalist. For almost a month he has been languishing – and most probably being tortured – in a Pakistani jail or safehouse somewhere in Pakistan.
www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FA17Df02.html

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Fly, Fly Away :

Now that Big Brother has a way to create a dossier on each and every one of us, flying a commercial airliner puts us at risk of being “persons of interest.” Buy a ticket and there is a file with your name on it, to be used by our government, we are assured, only to “track terrorists.” The information soon to be demanded of airlines will allow Big Brother to aggregate all other computer-based information about us.
babelogue.citypages.com:8080/ecassel/2004/01/13

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Tourists opt for Canada :

THE number of Scots visiting Canada is set to soar by up to 30 per cent next year, as a result of the United States‚ clampdown which requires all visitors from the UK, from October, to be in possession of a “biometric” passport, or a £67 visa, available only from London or Belfast.
news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=54792004

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Terror = $: Megabucks for homeland security :

President George W Bush approved US$37.4 billion in the FY04 budget for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
business-times.asia1.com.sg/story/0,4567,104940,00.html

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Church members wonder whether Œbig brother‚ is watching:

The fact any government agency was taking notes on church activities is worrisome to church officials. “Churches should not be subjected to this kind of monitoring,” said Margarita Lopez, co-chair of the Justice and Peace Committee of the church. “Our work in social justice should not be subject to police surveillance.”
www.churchcentral.com/nw/s/template/Article.html/id/17985

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Wailing wall :

With great speed, the original low, irrelevant wall is being replaced in East Jerusalem with a new structure that resembles some vast mythological dragon. All around are people who thought they’d already seen everything during the occupation, watching the scene in disbelief
www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/383663.html

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Irish Foreign Minister Condemns Israel Security Barrier :

His remarks during a visit to the country yesterday were seen as serving notice that the new leadership of the European Union was likely to put more pressure on the Israeli government than its predecessor.
news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2415429

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Crackdown on soldiers questioning occupation:

Despite public disapproval, the number of soldiers refusing to serve in Palestinian territories is growing
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/16/1073878027960.html

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Leader in secret grab for power:

Sri Lanka’s President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, claims she privately took part in a second swearing-in ceremony a year after she last took office, and that this entitles her to stay in power an additional year, until 2006.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/01/14/1073877905127.html

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State of the Union Scorecard:

What does the President really know about the State of the Union? You be the judge. Download and print out this scorecard and decide for yourself.
i.tompaine.com/scorecard/scorecard.cfm

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Plane carrying Georgian defense minister comes under fire in Iraq; no one injured
www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/01/16/international0314EST0453.DTL

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German justice official blasts Ashcroft :

The justice minister of the German city-state of Hamburg, Roger Kusch, harshly criticised US Attorney General John Ashcroft for “arrogant” remarks about the decision by a Hamburg court to release an 11 September suspect from trial custody.
www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=52&story_id=3573

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Voices from the Days of Slavery:

Former Slaves Tell Their Stories An opportunity to listen to former slaves describe their lives. Approximately four million Americans enslaved in the United States were freed at the conclusion of the American Civil War. Only twenty-six audio-recorded interviews of ex-slaves have been found. This collection captures the stories of former slaves in their own words and voices.
memory.loc.gov/ammem/vfshtml/vfssp.html

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One killed, five injured in Baghdad bomb blast:

A 15-year-old boy was killed and five people injured on Friday when a bomb exploded on a busy street in central Baghdad as US soldiers and Iraqi police were trying to defuse it, police and medics said
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1026954.htm

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Bush, Bremer to meet on salvaging Iraq handover :

U.S. administrator Paul Bremer holds talks at the White House on Friday on objections by Iraq’s most powerful Muslim cleric to Washington’s plans for handing back sovereignty to Iraqis without first holding elections.
www.reuters.com/locales/newsArticle.jsp?type=worldNews&locale=en_IN&storyID=4140070

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When Sistani speaks, Bush listens:

Who is the most powerful man in Iraq today? Not L Paul Bremer, the US viceroy of Iraq, not even Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of the coalition forces. It is, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani. He communicates with his followers through written edicts (fatwas), and everyone, including the US president, listens.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FA17Ak02.html

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Iraq’s Shiites warn of fatwa over US handover:

An edict from Ayatollah Sistani could turn many Shiites against Washington as US-led forces battle guerillas in the minority Sunni Muslim areas north and west of Baghdad, heartland of support for now captive former dictator Saddam Hussein.
www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/16/1073878025452.html

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Kurds Head Towards Separation Up North :

Recent developments in Northern Iraq may lead to the division of post-Saddam Iraq along ethnic lines. Kurds plan to turn their tactical gains from their role as unflinching U.S. allies in ousting Saddam Hussein into a strategic and historic one — a Kurdish federation that would include one of the world’s richest oil reserves in Kirkuk.
www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=21936

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Paul Krugman: Who Gets It?:

Earlier this week, Wesley Clark had some strong words about the state of the nation. “I think we’re at risk with our democracy,” he said. “I think we’re dealing with the most closed, imperialistic, nastiest administration in living memory. They even put Richard Nixon to shame.”
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/16/opinion/16KRUG.html

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John W. Dean: The U.S. Supreme Court and The Imperial Presidency:

How President Bush Is Testing the Limits of His Presidential Powers:
writ.news.findlaw.com/dean/20040116.html

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The semantics of Empire:

Now, as the United States prepares to try Saddam for torturing, gassing and killing his own people, does this absolve us of killing the same people because they are not our own? Is the killing of Iraqis a crime only when the perpetrators are local thugs – once in our pay – and not when we take up the killing, and execute it more efficiently, on our account?
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FA17Ak01.html

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Organ Grinders: It’s all out in the open now.

The fact that the president of the United States and his top advisers deliberately concocted a false case for an illegal and unnecessary war — in plain terms, that they committed cold-blooded, premeditated mass murder — was confirmed last week by the most impeccable mainstream sources: George W. Bush’s own Cabinet officials, speaking for the record in America’s major media.
www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2004/01/16/120.html

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I believe in conspiracies:

British and American foreign policy is itself based on a series of highly improbable conspiracy theories, the biggest of which is that an evil Saudi millionaire genius in a cave in the Hindu Kush controls a secret worldwide network of Œtens of thousands of terrorists‚ Œin more than 60 countries‚
www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2004-01-17&id=3943

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Paranoid shift:

Just before his death, James Jesus Angleton, the legendary chief of counterintelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency, was a bitter man. He felt betrayed by the people he had worked for all his life. In the end, he had come to realize that they were never really interested in American ideals of “freedom” and “democracy.” They really only wanted “absolute power.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5538.htm

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William Pfaff: The end of Bush and Blair’s friendship?:

One cannot call the Blair-Bush relationship a love affair, because love affairs are reciprocal, and on George’s side this affair seems to have been a heartless flirtation. Tony was useful while he was useful; and now, as the Hank Snow song has it, George has moved on.
www.iht.com/articles/125015.html

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British defence secretary apologises to widow for soldier’s death in Iraq :

British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon apologised to the widow of a soldier who was killed in the early stages of the Iraq war after being ordered to hand back his body armour.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/66654/1/.html

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Hamas leader marked for death:

“Sheik Yassin is marked for death, and he should hide himself deep underground where he won’t know the difference between day and night,” Zeev Boim, Israel’s deputy defence minister
www.cbc.ca/stories/2004/01/16/israel_hamas_yassin040116

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Brussels steps up US trade war :

Exasperated by Washington’s flouting of global trade rules, Brussels sought formal approval from the World Trade Organisation for sanctions that could reach hundreds of millions of dollars. Japan, China, Brazil, India and South Korea were among other countries lining up to join the formal request for punitive measures.
www.money.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2004/01/16/
cneu16.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/money/2004/01/16/ixfrontcity.html

tinyurl.com/39qao

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Futuristic security for today’s driver’s licences:

Ontario is looking into making high-tech eye scans and fingerprints mandatory for drivers to get licences as part of North American anti-terrorism measures, Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar said today.
www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1074166568601&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968705899037

tinyurl.com/3h3yg

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FBI Chief Says Tribunals May Try 9/11 Suspects :

The director of the FBI said yesterday that he expects the accused conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, to be tried by military tribunals rather than by criminal courts.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A18261-2004Jan14?language=printer

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Defence demands acquittal for September 11 suspect in German trial :

“The American government also did more to hinder the court’s search for the truth than assist it,” she charged.
www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/66505/1/.html

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9/11 panel director gave evidence to own inquiry :

Victims’ families claim conflict of interest on Bush transition role. The news was greeted with dismay by many of the relatives of the victims who campaigned for the commission to be set up.
www.upi.com/print.cfm?StoryID=20040115-024012-7011r

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Iraqi Women Decry Move To Cut Rights :

Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship did not touch those rights. But the U.S.-backed Iraqi Governing Council has voted to wipe them out, ordering in late December that family laws shall be “canceled” and such issues placed under the jurisdiction of strict Islamic legal doctrine known as shari’a.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21321-2004Jan15.html

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Baghdad Burning: Shari’a and Family Law… :

On Wednesday our darling Iraqi Puppet Council decided that secular Iraqi family law would no longer be secular- it is now going to be according to Islamic Shari’a. The news has barely been covered by Western or even Arab media and Iraqi media certainly ren’t covering it.
riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

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Support PEACE in IRAQ through CHANGE at HOME :

Help the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) advance the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by reversing our nation‚s moral failure in Iraq and defending the rights of the Iraqi people.
www.epic-usa.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=176

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Charge over ammo on London flight:

The incident called into question the level of security at Dulles, one of the biggest US airports, less than a week after the US national terrorist threat level was lowered from elevated to high.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8406541%255E1702,00.html

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UK: Soldier’s tapes pile pressure on Hoon to quit :

Widow airs husband’s recordings about fears of kit shortage and says defence chief misled Commons
politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,12956,1124213,00.html

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UK: 24 hours in the life or death of a premiership :

Tony Blair was last night presented with the prospect of 24 concentrated hours of nail-biting that may decide the fate of his premiership when Lord Hutton announced he will unveil his report on the Kelly affair the day after MPs vote on student grants and fees.
politics.guardian.co.uk/labour/story/0,9061,1124404,00.html

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Bush Booed at Martin Luther King Gravesite :

In a sign of the difficulty President Bush faces as he tries to win black support for his reelection, several hundred protesters loudly booed him on Thursday as he laid a wreath at the grave of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=584&e=2&u=/nm/20040116/pl_nm/bush_dc

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A Time to Break Silence: By Rev. Martin Luther King :

“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2564.htm

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America’s Empire of Bases:

As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize — or do not want to recognize — that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5537.htm

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Picture : American Airlines Pilot, Dale Robbin Hershl.

Hersh giving the finger to the Brazilian Immigration.
www.diariopopular.com.br/15_01_04/lc140117.html

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Seattle man sues federal office over fine for visiting Iraq After humanitarian trip:

A retired engineer is suing the U.S. government after being fined $10,000 for making a humanitarian trip to take medical supplies to Iraq.
seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/156696_sacks15.html

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Karl Rove’s Nightmare :

Karl Rove had a bad moment here the other night. It came as Wesley Clark was speaking to a packed hotel ballroom, “I don’t think it’s patriotic to dress up in a flight suit and prance around,” Clark bellowed. The men had been separated from the boys.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18406-2004Jan14.html

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Saddam told his militia to avoid al Qaeda:

SADDAM Hussein warned his fedayeen militia against throwing in their lot with the Islamic militants flocking to Iraq to fight US forces, according to a document found with the deposed dictator when he was captured
www.theherald.co.uk/news/8030.html

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Bush pushes funding for religious groups:

“We ought to fund faith-based programs,‰ he said from the pulpit of the packed Union Bethel A.M.E Church in a run-down, crime-plagued neighborhood near this city‚s downtown. “Faith-based programs are only effective because they do practice faith. It‚s important for our government to understand that.‰
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3966413/

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The Photographic History of the Bush Administration: Putting Its Mouth Where Its Money Isn‚t.

A chronology of Bush saying one thing then doing another
www.house.gov/appropriations_democrats/caughtonfilm.htm

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Rabbi Arthur Waskow: “A government that claims to be Jewish but is acting like Pharaoh”:

Why is the Israeli government cracking down on its own citizens who oppose its occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza and who are trying to prevent the human rights violations that go with the occupation?
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5536.htm

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300+ Rabbis Urge Israeli Govt: Free Rabbi Ascherman, Stop Home Demolitions :
www.shalomctr.org/index.cfm/action/read/section/IsPal/article/article542.html

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Israel Considers Image Change for Fence :

Israel is considering a name change for its massive complex of walls, fences and watch towers in the West Bank to improve its international image – the ``Terror Prevention Fence.’’
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3629422,00.html

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256 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Three killed as bus runs over anti-tank mine near Tikrit, Iraq :

An anti-tank mine planted along a road in this central town blew up when a passenger bus went over it Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring one, the U.S. military said.
www.cbc.ca/cp/world/040115/w011530.html

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Report: US considering armed intervention in Syria:

The Defense Department is considering aerial attacks and Special Forces incursions.
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/J
PArticle/ShowFull&cid=1074053868626&p=1008596981749

tinyurl.com/2a3g9

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Turkey: ‘If Disintegration in Iraq Takes Place, We Intervene’:

Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said yesterday that in the event of Iraq’s disintegration, Turkey will intervene. Erdogan stated that Iraqi Kurds are trying to take the oil regions under their control and “this should not be allowed. Kurds should be prevented from playing with the fire,” warned Erdogan.
www.zaman.com/default.php?kn=6043

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Iraq: Liberation before polls says ASM:

The liberation of Iraq from foreign occupiers is the first priority says the spokesman for the Association of Muslim Scholars, the highest Sunni authority in the country.
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/05954506-9E7D-4559-B045-D3F93B4B0347.htm

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Iraq’s political temperature rises:

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have demonstrated in the southern city of Basra in support of a call for early elections from the country’s leading Shia cleric.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3399383.stm

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Baghdad hotel killings result of ‘criminal negligence’:

A US army attack on the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad that killed two journalists was the result of “criminal negligence” and George Bush’s government was partly to blame, said international media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres.
media.guardian.co.uk/iraqandthemedia/story/0,12823,1123748,00.html

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In case you missed it:

The Bush Administration aims to recruit millions of United States citizens as domestic informants in a program likely to alarm civil liberties groups.
www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/14/1026185141232.html
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Bush Is From Mars When It Comes To Budget:

Mr. Bush has sought and won approval for two rounds of tax cuts. He has sought and won approval for a farm bill that increased outrageous subsidies. He has sought and won approval for a $400 billion Medicare “reform” bill that will not lower drug costs but will fatten up some special interests.
www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/auto/epaper/
editions/wednesday/opinion_04406bcbf561202010f0.html

tinyurl.com/3h7ev

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U.S. Advisers Call for Universal Health Care:

Saying 18,000 people die every year because they lack health insurance, federal advisers said on Wednesday the U.S. government must come up with universal health coverage by 2010.
www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=4127017&section=news

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Analysis: Bush Economy Continues to Harm African-Americans Disproportionately:

The number of unemployed African-Americans rose from 1.27 million in December 2000 to nearly 1.7 million in December 2003 ˆ the rate jumped from 7.6% to 10.3% (a 2.7% increase). White men fared a little better; the unemployment rate rose from 2.9% to 4.7% over that same span (a 1.8% increase).
www.republicons.org/view_article.asp?RP_ARTICLE_ID=1124

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A must read

3 Dire Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears!:

“They warned you. They warned you once. They warned you twice. They warned you three times. But you were all asleep. You were the masters of your house, but you let it burn down.”

A must read
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5535.htm

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U.S. to open files on air passengers:

Under the new system, known as CAPPS2 (Computerized Assisted Passenger PreScreening Program), all passengers will be compelled to release their full names, home address, telephone number, date of birth and travel itinerary to airlines, who will then provide the data to American authorities.
www.thestar.ca/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/
Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1074121810969&call_page=TS_World
&call_pageid=968332188854&call_pagepath=News/World&pubid=968163964505&StarSource=email

tinyurl.com/ys2x9

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Brazil Jails American Airlines Pilot Over Fingerprinting Snub:

An American Airlines pilot arriving in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, was jailed Wednesday after he protested new procedures requiring the fingerprinting and photographing of all incoming United States citizens by making what Federal Police officers described as an obscene gesture.
www.nytimes.com/2004/01/15/international/americas/15BRAZ.html?
ex=1074747600&en=011842f79f3569df&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE

tinyurl.com/2rt86

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Survey: Dutch military should not be engaged in armed conflicts abroad:

Seventy percent of the respondents says Dutch military should not fight inthe front lines of armed conflicts abroad, whereas sixty percent of those participating in the poll says troops should only be involved in humanitarian operations.
ww.risq.org/article250.html

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Media urged to show restraint in reporting on SDF mission specifics:

Citing security concerns, the Defense Agency called on the Japanese media Friday to exercise more restraint in their coverage of the deployment of the Self-Defense Forces to Iraq.
www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20040110a2.htm

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Israel Presses White House To Reword Rights Report :

Israel is pressuring the Bush administration to omit references to the West Bank security fence from the State Department’s annual human rights report.
www.forward.com/issues/2004/04.01.16/news5.fence.html

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Rabbi Defends Blocking Israeli Bulldozers :

Arik Ascherman is no stranger to the Israeli police. The American-born rabbi reckons he has been arrested at least 10 times in his battle against what he says are injustices against Palestinians.
www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-3626238,00.html

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Dispatch from the provinces:

Economic Crisis, Threats of Jihad, and more Violence in Iraq:

The big news today is the plummeting value of the USdollar in Iraq. Here are some figures to give you an idea of the current financial crisis in Iraq:
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5533.htm

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Gangsters operate own prisons as kidnapping soars in Iraq:

Kidnapping is now the crime of choice among gangsters in Baghdad.
news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=481314

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Spain’s PM Says Bush Acts Like an Emperor:

“The combination of being a Republican, of being an emperor, a Texan and outspoken is really a bad mix,” Aznar, one of Bush’s staunchest allies on Iraq and other issues, said in an interview Wednesday in The Washington Post.
www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/politics/7711538.htm

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In case you missed it:

Nightmare vision:

Imagine for a moment that a group was absolutely relentless in its pursuit of power and was unrestrained when it came to seeking power and holding it. What if such a group sought to gain control of the U.S. government, the seat of the greatest economic, military and political power in the world, and it would stop at nothing to achieve its goal?
www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/010504Cogswell/010504cogswell.html

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In case you missed it:

Blind Loyalty to an Empire of Greed: The Corruptions of Patriotism:

Democracy has its moral basis in truth, tolerance, freedom, and respect for human dignity. These are all universal values. If we are loyal to these universal values, then we cannot at the same time be blindly loyal to one government or nation.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5534.htm

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Not everyone wanted WAR:

“Peace” Flash presentation.
www.softcom.net/users/jboyle/Peace.htm

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Pentagon reports 21 suicides in Iraq:

The top health official in the Pentagon said there were at least 21 suicides last year among troops serving in Iraq.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2354365

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Kennedy: Iraq war a product marketed by Bush to win elections :

The Iraq war was a ‘’political product’’ marketed by the Bush administration to win elections, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said in a speech Wednesday.
www.boston.com/dailynews/014/region/Kennedy_Iraq_war_a_product_mar:.shtml

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A must watch video:

Sen. Edward Kennedy Speech on Iraq Policy:

An excellent presentation of the lies and deceit, which the Bush administration used to manipulate the American public in support of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5530.htm

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Bush’s self-serving Iraqi timetable:

The Bush administration, wrongly focused on a speedy transfer of sovereignty to a friendly Iraqi government, has its priorities upside down. The real priority in Iraq today is an electoral process that ensures a legitimate government, valid in the eyes of Iraqis and the rest of the world.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FA16Ak03.html

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Powell’s Damaged credibility:

The secretary of state put his reputation on the line when he made an exaggerated case for a war in Iraq that has violated the tenets of his own doctrine.
www.sptimes.com/2004/01/13/Opinion/Damaged_credibility.shtml

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In case you missed it:

Ex-Aide: Powell Misled Americans:

The person responsible for analyzing the Iraqi weapons threat for Colin Powell says the Secretary of State misinformed Americans during his speech at the U.N. last winter.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4980.htm

See also Video: Colin L. Powell, Remarks to the United Nations Security Council
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3710.htm

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More deceptions to justify war actions :

Many of the deceptions used to justify the war in Iraq are well documented ˆ Iraq’s ties to al-Qaeda, weapons of mass destruction, imminent threat, etc. One, however, has not been documented, not until now.
www.signonsandiego.com/news/op-ed/goldsborough/20040112-9999_mz1e12golds.html

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White House’s ‘rush to war was reckless’:

Kenneth Pollack, key supporter of regime change in Iraq, now says White House engaged in “creative omissions’ about WMD.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0114/dailyUpdate.html?s=mets

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US: a bigger stick – and no longer speaking softly:

Like the Roman and British empires before it, America inevitably flexes its muscle because it has cornered the technology that offers unrivaled military dominance
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0115/p13s01-usfp.html

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In case you missed it

American Apocalypse:

By that term I mean a national mindset—put forward strongly by a tight-knit leadership group—that takes on a sense of omnipotence, of unique standing in the world that grants it the right to hold sway over all other nations.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5532.htm

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Audio: Superpower Syndrome:

America’s Apocalyptic Confrontation With The World:

We speak with author and psychiatry professor Robert Jay Lifton who says, “Superpower syndrome really means an American sense of entitlement to rule the world because it‚s the strongest power in the world.”
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5531.htm

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Cheney’s grim vision: decades of war :

Cheney devoted the half-hour speech to a frightening characterization of the war on terrorism and the new kind of mobilization he said it demanded. He sounded the alarm about the increasing prospects of a major new terrorist attack and the extraordinary responses that are required.
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2004%2F01%2F15%2FMNGK14AC301.DTL

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The Naked Emperor:

“Open secrets only get discussed by the press once a prominent person states them publicly.”
www.citypaper.com/current/animal.html

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If War Is Hell, Why Do We Keep Sending Our Children There?:

War mongers have surely been around since before the beginning of human history and will continue to test our love for liberty and peace. I believe the ultimate responsibility for saving the world from the grip of today’s empire builders lies with us
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5529.htm

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Fake Bomb Wasn’t Spotted:

Police officers failed to spot what could have been a “dirty bomb” planted in the heart of Washington, a report by US government investigators has revealed.
www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-12972036,00.html

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Exporter didn‚t know CIA trailing him:

Iliyas, who is in London now on a business trip, was not aware that the world‚s top intelligence services were on his trail until newspaper reports on Tuesday mentioned him by name, his family members here told The Indian Express.
www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=39179

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2 Halliburton subcontractors killed in Iraq:

Two Halliburton Co. subcontractors were killed and one company employee was injured today, when their convoy was ambushed near Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, company officials confirmed.
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/2353858

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US offer for Russian base exit :

Washington has offered to help fund the withdrawal of Russia’s two remaining military bases from the former Soviet republic of Georgia
www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1122369,00.html

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Korea-centrism and the foreign ‘threat’:

A recent poll of South Koreans found that the largest block perceived the US, not their nuke-wielding brethren in the North, as a threat to their security.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/FA15Dg03.html

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US financial power: a bang and a whimper:

The US is the world’s biggest “debtor nation.” Foreigners own far more of its direct investments (plants, equipment, office buildings) and financial assets than Americans own in other nations.
www.csmonitor.com/2004/0115/p16s01-usfp.html

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Emerging triangles: Russia-Kazakhstan-China:

The dynamics of the emerging triangle involving Russia, Kazakhstan and China conform to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical vision, of which Europe and its “American cousins” are not an integral part.
www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/FA15Ag03.html

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Clark: No al-Qaida connection to 9/11:

Remarks by CIA chief George Tenet did not prove “that al-Qaida was involved in 9/11. I did not believe then that al-Qaida was invovled in 9/11 … I do not believe it now.” Returning to the lectern he said: “I misspoke… I meant to say that Saddam wasn’t linked to 9/11.”
english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C99ADA0B-40A4-4966-863B-0FDA4E9C7EF0.htm

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